Archive for March 6th, 2008

A sign of spring

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

It must be March because the newspapers have started the annual rite of running pictures of celebrities cuddling up to newborn seal pups.

Actress with seal pup

I don’t question actress Alison Steadman’s sincerity, but I do question the tactics of the animal-rights activists and media who knowingly mislead the public every year. Surely they must be aware of the fact that Canada has not allowed the harvest of white-coat seals in more than 20 years.

The fact is that by the time the seals have moulted, and can be legally harvested, they just don’t have the same media appeal. However the image of an attractive actress with a cute white-coated seal pup trumps scientific fact about this sustainable harvest.